Dear Friends of the SADGA
We have had an extremely exciting year in 2017 both on and off the golf course.
The start of 2017 saw the Western Province team retain their title in the Provincial Championships at Zwartkop Country Club. The next Challenge will be taking place at Magalies Park from the 9-11 March 2018 and the teams will be selected off the National Rankings of the 1st January 2018. Monthly Provincial Days continue in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and now Bloemfontein.
Our Canon SA Disabled Golf Open and World Cup of Disabled Golf at King David Mowbray Golf Club was probably the finest we have ever had.
The field in this tournament was the most prestigious ever in the world of disabled golfers in terms of the field being the best and most amputee golfers taking part. There were 13 countries and 32 single figure golf handicapped golfers. There were also 7 deaf single figure handicapped golfers playing in the separate Deaf Tournament. The Canon SA Disabled Golf Open was won by the 2016 champion, Chad Pfeiffer and the USA team were the winners of the World Cup of Disabled Golf.
The next Canon SA Disabled Golf Open will be taking place at Magalies Park from the 13-18 May 2018.
This year saw the regional activities joined as Festival Weeks which included the Canon FSP Interschools , Fund Raisers & Road Shows at Zwartkop Country Club and Mount Edgecombe CC, King David Golf Course and Rondebosch Golf Course.
Joining Zwartkop CC and King David Mowbray GC as homes of Disabled Golf was Mount Edgecombe in KZN.
The First Swing Program is growing in leaps and bounds with loads of talent coming through. We have a large waiting list of schools wanting to join in the program. Our Elite Squad have shone this year. They are running events, training hard and growing into respectable young gentleman who will be the future leaders of the SADGA in years to come. Our FSP Coaching Academy is going well, with 2 of our coaches passing their first step of the PGA course, Grow Golf Coaches.
The Canon FSP Deaf Junior IPT’s took place in the first weekend of December and we are happy to say that 4 of the Rookies have moved up to the Elite squad and will be making their first appearance in the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open. Kwanthintwa School in KZN took top honours at the IPT’s.
The year ended off with a symposium for all the international stakeholders of disabled golf and we are hoping to move to the next step of getting Disabled Golf accepted as a sport in the Paralympics 2024.
On behalf of the SADGA Chairman & Directors, Staff & Coaches we wish you all the best for the upcoming festivities and thank you for all for your support and wish you the best for the coming year 2018.